*Freezing is an indefinite form of storage and dried fruit, if properly sealed, can last for many years. Of course, dried fruit lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. But remember, dried fruit, like some other fruits, usually has a best by date and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely consume dried fruit even after the best before date has lapsed.
How to tell if Dried Fruit is bad, rotten or spoiled?
Practicing proper hygiene and food safety techniques will help prevent food born illness. Your senses are usually the most reliable instruments to tell if your dried fruit has gone bad. Some common traits of dried fruit going bad are discoloration (usually to a darker tone), hardness (they can become extremely chewy as they age, but can still be eaten as some actually prefer them this way) and loss of flavor (a stale or flavorless taste). If there is a rotten smell, then your dried fruit has gone bad for sure. There is a far less chance of mold formation with dried fruit than fresh fruit because the moisture has been removed, but always beware of mold and toss your dried fruit if even the slightest mold is visible.
There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled food, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy you food before their shelf life has expired!
How to store Dried Fruit to extend its shelf life?
You can help dried fruit stay fresh longer by storing it in your refrigerator or in your pantry in a tightly closed container to keep out moisture and other contaminants. Some fruits, like prunes which are moister than many of the others, enjoy the moisture of the fridge and taste better cold. For a long-term option, you can also store your dried fruit in a freezer. Freezing is supposed to be an indefinite form of storage, but after varying amounts of time most foods start to break down or develop freezer burn. Properly dried fruit seems to be an exception - it really does freeze well for extended amounts of time if properly sealed with an air tight sealer. Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.
Interesting facts about Dried Fruit:
How long is Dried Fruit good for when prepared in a dish?
How long does dried fruit last? That depends. How long does pasta last? In general, dried fruit will last much longer than about anything else you might put into the dish, but only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish.
What are our shelf life resources?
In determining how long Dried Fruit lasts, our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of Dried Fruit.
*An important note about expiration dates...
Although the Dried Fruit shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not a replacement for your health care prefessional. Please eat responsibly!